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Interviewing For A Job In The Arts

A job in the arts can be difficult to come by. This creative field is highly competitive, and just obtaining an interview is an achievement. If you have an upcoming art job interview, congratulate yourself. Make the most of your opportunity by preparing well.

Research Your Potential Employer

Visit your potential employer's website to find out all you can about the organization. You can also check for Facebook pages, Linked In company profiles, and Twitter accounts to help you get a better idea of the organization's culture and needs.

If you know anyone who has worked or volunteered at the organization, contact them for extra insight.

Review and Rehearse Common Art Job Interview Questions

Of course, many interview questions are common regardless of the position. Expect to be asked general questions such as how you heard about the position, and why you are interested in it.

For a creative position, you may be asked specific art job interview questions, such as describing your approach to creating new pieces of art. You may also be asked about the media you feel most comfortable working with, and why. If the position requires working with clients, expect to be asked about past client interactions.

Prepare your answers to these questions, so they can flow freely during the interview.

Rehearsing your interview can help you answer questions confidently. Ideally, find a friend to interview you, but if that isn't possible, rehearse on your own. Be sure to practice any questions that you find especially difficult, such as questions around being fired from a previous job. Most art job interviewers understand that good people can be unfairly fired, and a calm response to any questions on this topic can allay their concerns. In Job Interview Questions website you will find a list with the most common interview questions.

Prepare Your Portfolio

Depending on the type of art job interview you have, you may need to present a portfolio. For example, if you are a visual artist, consider creating a portfolio highlighting your best work. You may want to create online and hard copy versions. Many art job seekers burn CDs of their portfolios to give to the interviewer.

An interview outfit for an artistic position can usually be more creative than one for business careers. If possible, find out the typical attire for employees at the organization you'll be interviewing with, and plan an outfit that is step more professional than that.

Map out the location of the interview, and plan how you will get there. If possible, take the route during the same time of day that you would go for your interview. Plan to be there least a half hour early to account for any delays.

Art Job Interviewing Tips

It's not unusual for artists and other creative types to be introverts and to feel shy and nervous during interviews. To feel confident during your interview, arrive early and take a breath mint. Check your appearance before checking in with the receptionist. Wipe the palms of your hands on a tissue if they become sweaty. Practice smiling and taking slow, deep breaths. Use your creative imagination to your advantage; imagine your interview is a success, and imagine that you are offered the job.

During the interview, continue breathing slowly and deeply, especially before answering any questions you're not comfortable with.

When you finished the interview, take note of any questions that you felt you should have answered more fully. Write a thank you letter, and in that letter, you can include added information that will help the interviewer choose you. Keep the thank you letter professional, but add a little creative flair.

For a second interview, expect to be interviewed by more senior people, and to be asked more challenging questions. At this interview, you may also be offered a position. Be prepared to negotiate your salary. To effectively negotiate, it helps to know what a fair salary is for your location and position. Research both salaries and research benefits. When negotiating, you'll be in a stronger position to ask for a higher salary or better benefits if you can justify them by citing your research.